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Gabriel Rossouw: M.A. (Counselling Psychology, Rhodes University, South Africa), M.A. with distinction (Analytical Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Australia) and Doctor of Philosophy from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. He is currently working as a psychologist at a District Health Board in New Zealand.